Friday Afternoon Links (Chris Sale Edition)

Wall Street Journal – Tim Marchman announces the inductees to the Mets Hall of Fame of Bad Pitching Contracts.  With the exception of Pete Harnisch, they were all signed after 2002.

Gear Up For Sports – Brian McWilliams predicts the Mets will draft Florida Gulf Coast southpaw Chris Sale. Sale was named the Cape Cod League’s top prospect by Baseball America in 2009.

Amazin’ Avenue – Alex Nelson thinks the aforementioned Chris Sale is an interesting option, but mechanical issues could result in shoulder problems down the road. Nelson thinks Sale could wind up as a reliever.

Bleacher Report – Are the Phillies finished? Not so fast, says Jamie Ambler.

Baltimore Sun – The Orioles fired manager Dave Trembley yesterday. Former Mets disaster Juan Samuel will take over in the interim. I had forgotten that Samuel managed the AA Binghampton Mets in 2006. Good luck, Juan! We’re proud of you!

NY Daily News – Bob Raissman thinks team ownership of TV networks will hamper efforts to bring more instant replay into baseball.

And here’s some video of Chris Sale, via Baseball America and Amazin’ Avenue:


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